What to wear on Valentine’s Day is a dilemma that has baffled me for many years. Back in high school, in an attempt to be edgy and avant-garde, I donned an all-black ensemble in honor (or, more accurately, in protest) of Valentine’s Day. The idea of a holiday created by the media that exists primarily as a money-making opportunity makes some people want nothing to do with the colors red and pink for the entire month of February. While I totally understand this mentality, I think it’s fun to embrace the Valentine’s Day theme a little bit, even if purely as a fashion opportunity.

Instead of going all-out with an explosion of red and pink, I like the idea of wearing hearts on Valentine’s Day, but wearing them in an unexpected way, like on a belt, bandana, or watch. Hearts can be fun and cute all year round, so if you choose versatile heart-themed pieces that incorporate well into the rest of your wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them even when Valentine’s Day is over. Check out my picks below for the most non-cliché heart-themed pieces I could find (some red and pink may have snuck into the bunch)!

Broken Heart Bangle, $10, Nasty Gal

Gogo Philip Heart And Chain Drop Earrings, $44, ASOS

Urban Renewal Vintage Coil Heart Belt, $24, Urban Outfitters

Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal Heart Ring, $12, Urban Outfitters

Shadowy Heart Posts, $28, Anthropologie

Heart Intarsia Sweater, $98, Anthropologie

AG Stevie Ankle Hearts, $188, Anthropologie

Play Comme Des Garçons Converse Sneakers, $100, J.Crew

Hearts Bandana, $19, Madewell

Heartbreaker Sunglasses, $16, Urban Outfitters

Quilted Heart Across Body Bag, $28, ASOS

Moving Dial Heart Detail Watch, $35, ASOS

[image credits: nasty gal, asos, urban outfitters, anthropologie, j.crew & madewell]


Cameron is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and studied Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. She now lives in San Francisco, where she does social media and blogging for startup companies. She loves fashion, art, and animals.

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